We will not be liable for any loss, damage, injury or inconvenience arising as a consequence of any use of or the inability to use any information on this site.Equipment acquisition
Equipment purchased for school use must be suitable and safe for the intended purpose and is subject to the Provision and Use of Work Related Equipment Regulations 1998.
Equipment which is purchased from educational suppliers should be covered by these regulations and will be suitable for school use but care should be taken when purchasing from other sources or if equipment is donated by third parties.
Speak to your school's health and safety officer about any electrical equipment brought into school. It may well have to be PAT tested before it can be used, depending on your school or local authority policies.
Speak to CLEAPSS or the SSERC (in Scotland) if in any doubt over any safety aspects of new equipment and be aware that certain items may require staff training in order for them to use the item safely.Eye Protection
Safety goggles must conform to BSEN1663 standard.
Safety spectacles must conform to BSEN166 standard. When purchasing eye protection, ensure that these standards are met.
Eye protection should be disinfected regularly and should be checked for damage or wear and tear which may hinder their operation.Safety Books
The following books contain safety advice covering many different areas of school science. They are all essential reading and are a very useful selection to have in your prep room.
DfEE Safety in Science -This book is currently out of print but may be purchased through the booksales section of the ASE website: www.ase.org.uk
COSHH Essentials is published by the Health and Safety Executive. ISBN: 07176 2421 8
Safeguards in the School Laboratory ? 11th Edition ? is published by the ASE Laboratory Safeguards Committee. ISBN: 978 0 86357 408 5
Topics in Safety ? 3rd Edition ? is published by the ASE. ISBN: 978 0 86357 316 3
Safety Reprints is published by the ASE. ISBN: 978 0 86357 409 2First Aid Kits
Your school Health and Safety officer will advise on what should go into a first aid kit and may well prepare and maintain the kits themselves. There is no standard list of items to put in a first-aid box. It depends on what you assess the needs are. However, as a guide, and where there is no special risk in the workplace, a minimum stock of first-aid items, according to HSE recommendations, would be:
You should not keep tablets or medicines in the first-aid box.
Lists of first aid training organisations are available from HSE's Infoline - 0845 345 0055
The free leaflet Basic advice on first aid at work (INDG347(rev1), 2006) is published by HSE Books. It is also available in priced packs of 20, ISBN 978 0 7176 6193 0.
More detailed practical guidance on complying with your first aid at work duties has been published by the Health and Safety Commission First aid at work. The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. Approved Code of Practice and guidance.
L74 HSE Books 1997 ISBN 978 0 7176 1050 1.
HSE Books publishes two first aid posters: Basic advice on first aid at work - HSE Books 2006 ISBN 978 0 7176 6195 4 and Electric shock: First aid procedures - HSE Books 2006 ISBN 978 0 7176 6203 6.
Information on all aspects of first aid at work is available on the first aid web pages of HSE's website at www.hse.gov.uk/firstaid/index.htm.